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Watson beats Irwin in challenge match

Tom Watson shot a 4-under-par 68 to beat Hale Irwin and take home the $100,000 first prize on Tuesday in a made-for-television match at the Jasna Polona golf course.

About 2,000 people watched the two play on a sunny, unseasonably warm day.

Watson, a five-time British Open winner, led throughout the friendly match. His lead was as large as six strokes at one point.

Irwin, 1998 Senior PGA Tour Player of the Year, and winner of three U.S. Opens, finished with a 1-under-par 71. He received $50,000.

The match was played for a segment of "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf," to be aired Oct. 26 on ESPN.

Down six strokes, Irwin closed the gap to three on the 17th when he birdied and Watson had a double-bogey 5. Both parred the 18th.